This St. Patty's Day, Erin Go Bronx!
Cathal Quinn, 31, originally from Ireland, living in The Bronx is bar manager at Rambling House Irish bar. (Kate Warburton)
This St. Patrick’s Day, forget the big parade and think Erin Go Bronx!
Just a 25-minute Metro-North ride from midtown, the significantly Irish Bronx neighborhood of Woodlawn revels in its own St. Patricks’s Day celebrations. Waves of recent Irish immigrations have led to the neighborhood’s nickname, Little Ireland.
Traditional Irish fare and live entertainment in the pubs and restaurants along the Katonah Avenue strip make for the perfect bar hop for St. Patty’s Day without the long lines and crowded streets. The other thoroughfare worth exploring is McClean Avenue, which while technically part of Yonkers is an essential part of the Woodlawn experience.
4292 Katonah Ave., at 236th St., 718-798-4510, ramblinghouse.com
It always feels like Ireland at the Rambling House. Live Irish bands perform at the pub most nights, and for the entire month of March the restaurant is offering a full menu, including some traditional corned beef and cabbage and some of the heartiest pints of Guinness on the block. Irish band Jameson’s Revenge, who have a residency at the Rambling House each Sunday, will give a special St. Patrick’s Day performance with more surprises throughout the night.
890 McLean Ave., 914-776-2946, rorydolans.com
Lamb stew and shepherd’s pie are always popular, but corned beef and cabbage is the real draw all March at Rory Dolan’s. In fact, the entire month is a St. Patrick’s Day celebration at the pub. Just a five-minute walk from Katonah Avenue, Dolan’s (located on the Yonkers border) has a full menu, 10 Irish whiskies and 35 beers on tap. Irish dancers and bands such as Shilelagh Law and Padraic Allen and The Whole Shabang join Rory Dolan’s St. Patrick’s festivities. “The Irish staff and Irish theme really make people feel welcome,” said namesake owner Rory Dolan. All-day corned beef and cabbage and live music will fill the pub on St. Patrick’s Day.
4299 Katonah Ave. at 236th St., 718-652-9153, behanspubs.com
“The most important things to do in the world are to get something to eat, something to drink and somebody to love you,” wrote the late Irish writer Brendan Francis Behan. Named after the outspoken poet and playwright, Behan’s is the perfect spot to catch televised futball, rugby, hurling and American sports every night of the week. Irish bacon and cabbage, stew, plenty of beer (international and domestic beers are on draft) and live bands are on the bill the day before and on St. Patrick’s Day.
The Coachman’s Inn
4344 Katonah Ave., at 239th St., 718-324-8263
Beer, Irish music and traditional eats are on the menu at The Coachman’s Inn this St. Patrick’s Day (and every other day). Pair a pint with the Coachman’s chicken pot pie, homemade bacon and cabbage with parsley sauce, stuffed Woodlawn mushroom caps, and top it all off with Irish bread and butter pudding in brandy sauce.
Woodlawn is accessible via the Metro-North Harlem line (Woodlawn stop). The Nos. 2, 5 (to 233rd Street) and 4 (to Woodlawn) trains also take you there.